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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

donutello It's the other way around (665 comments)

When you press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your computer, you know that the OS is the one that receives it so you know that the login screen before you was generated by the OS and not some malware that's sitting in userland.

When you 'simulate' it from a remote session, you lose that guarantee. Any malware could intercept the simulated Ctrl+Alt+Del and show you what looks like the OS login screen.

about a year ago

Motorola Is Listening

donutello That article is utter nonsense (287 comments)

The idfa feature has nothing to do with Apple tracking you. It has everything to do with *others* tracking you - or rather, limiting how others track you.

Prior to iOS6, third party apps would access your devices UDID and use it to track your device. There was no way for a user to disable or limit this. In iOS6, Apple shut that down and forced advertisers to use the idfa instead. The idfa is something you as a user can reset or turn off to limit how advertisers track you. The feature is a pure win for user privacy and anyone who claims otherwise is either a complete idiot or thinks his audience is.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

donutello You haven't gotten the point at all (596 comments)

Bing is not watching the results. It is watching the clicks generated by the user. In this particular experiment, it wouldn't matter whether the particular link was 1st or 500th in Google's results - if that was the only one the users clicked, it would end up as #1 on Bing's results for the term and none of the other results would.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

donutello By the click-stream data (596 comments)

The Bing results are not based on Google's returned results. They are based on the fake data generated by the Google engineer showing that a user searching for those search terms then visited those sites. For the purpose of this test, that site would end up on top of Bing's results even if it were the 558th link in Google's results - if that was the only one the Google engineer clicked on.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

donutello Re:So the answer is yes (596 comments)

"The moral of this story is: if you use IE, then your information is being passed to Microsoft and being used. Even if you go to Google. "

This used to be a technical site. Now it's populated by idiots with no knowledge of technology. It's installing the Bing toolbar that sends your data to Microsoft, not using IE.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

donutello Re:Response from Another VP (596 comments)

You missed a few steps:

Step 1:Google seeds a randomized word and associates a link for that word into their search engine.

Step 1.5: Google employee installs Bing toolbar

Step 2: Google employee searches Google for that word and up comes the random link

Step 2.5: Google employee with Bing toolbar installed generates fake user click data showing that a user searching for that randomized word then clicks on the "random" link

Step 3: Google employee searches Bing for the exact same word and up comes the same link.

The bolded steps are the only really relevant ones here. Bing is responding to falsified click-stream data (which is the only data for that randomized word) by promoting the particular link in its search results for the randomized word. The fact that Google returned that particular link in its search results is almost entirely irrelevant to anyone who's not trying to confuse you into believing Bing is "copying" Googles results.

more than 3 years ago

Man Arrested For Exploiting Error In Slot Machines

donutello Idiotic Summary (611 comments)

The lesson here seems to be that casinos can deny you a slot machine win any time they wish by claiming software errors

This idiotic assertion does not seem to be supported by the facts of the case.

about 4 years ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

donutello Re:Warning: libertardian prattle above (764 comments)

You're just making the parents argument that government power should be limited. All you've done is listed examples of governments abusing their power.

about 4 years ago

Google Books Makes a Word Cloud of Human History

donutello So it's just like Google search then? (127 comments)

Search for Slashdotte: 415 results. Go to page 9 of the results: Now there's only 89 results.

more than 4 years ago

'I Just Need a Programmer'

donutello Use a getter function (735 comments)

From Scott Meyer's book:
FileSystem &tfs()
  static FileSystem fs;
  return fs;

You now get to control and log all access to your global variable and have the opportunity to change any semantics associated with it in one place instead of 5000. Please don't use global variables. Anyone who has to maintain your code will be eternally grateful for it.

more than 4 years ago

Torvalds Becomes an American Citizen

donutello Re:immigration category (654 comments)

You can apply for citizenship 3 years after getting it as long as you've been married to a US citizen for at least that long. You can do this whether or not you got your green card due to marriage.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Unleashes JaegerMonkey Enabled Firefox 4

donutello Re:4.0b5 on Snow Leopard (279 comments)

8 core Mac Pro with 10GBs of RAM and I only get 5fps on Safari and 2fps on Firefox.

more than 4 years ago

HP CEO Resigns During Sexual Harassment Investigation

donutello Re:SBC (233 comments)

SBC training is about limiting the companies liability when there is a lawsuit. The purpose is not to "train" or "educate" employees. The purpose is to be able to say "we made it clear that this is not how you should act so this is the employee's fault - don't sue us".

more than 4 years ago

Nokia and RIM Respond To Apple's Antenna Claims

donutello Re:Of course they did. (514 comments)

I can squirt pictures and stuff over to computers or other phones.

So you let your wife have an iPhone but get mad when your employees do, Steve?

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 4 Reception Recall Ruckus Roundup

donutello Are you kidding me? (479 comments)

Defense Lawyer: "Is the reception worse than most other phones on the market?"
Expert Witness: "Well no, but..."

My wife and I upgraded our phones from Razr's (also with AT&T) to iPhone4's on launch day. AT&T's network is not nearly as bad as the iPhone makes it. I can't make or receive phone calls in my office any more. We get calls dropped all the time. We've had occasions when one phone shows 4 bars and can make and receive calls and data while the other one just shows "Searching...". The only solution I found was to reset the Network settings. I can call my phone while it claims to have 3 or more bars and I'll hear ringing before being directed to voicemail on the calling end while the iPhone remains completely silent on the subject. I don't get notified of voicemail until hours later - all while the phone pretends it has connectivity.

My friends tell me this is just what you expect with the iPhone and that my phone actually works better than their previous generation iPhones. So your statement might be correct if you define "most other phones on the market" as all the previous generations of iPhones but is completely false otherwise.

The iPhone is a really shitty phone but it's a testament to how well it does everything else that I'm still only "considering" returning it.

more than 4 years ago

I suspect my current job will end when ...

donutello Greed is the problem (409 comments)

Not Wall Street greed but your own. You were probably 100% in stocks because you weren't satisfied with the money you had and instead bet it all on a risky investment hoping it would grow. And now you're going to blame others for your gambling loss.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World

donutello Re:wow (247 comments)

Also, you don't want to allocate a new instance of Forehead. You want to use the one you already have. And slap is an action, not a state.

[[Forehead sharedInstance] slap:[[Hand arrangedObjects] objectAtIndex:kHandLeftIndex]];

more than 4 years ago

Why Everyone Has High Hopes For Apple Tablet

donutello What about Donatello? (596 comments)

A problem that utterly destroyed the work of amateurs like DaVinci, Michaelangelo, and Raphael, right?

You got a problem with the purple Turtle?

And no, I didn't just create this user.

about 5 years ago


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